The Spinal Clinic Team

Consultant Spinal Surgeon

Andrew Jacowski

Andre Jackowski is a Consultant Spinal Surgeon in Birmingham. A past Clinical Director of Spinal Services at the prestigious Birmingham Spinal Centre of The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital, Birmingham he is the lead spinal surgeon at the private Birmingham Spinal Clinic. He has been a Consultant Neurosurgeon in Birmingham since 1991. A recognised expert in spinal surgery he was cited in 2011 in the Times Magazine’s prestigious Britain’s Top 50 Surgeons guide.

Born in Cheshire, England he qualified BSc (First class Honours) and MB BS from University College Hospital in London in 1980. He completed his neurosurgical training at The National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, Queens Square London and Charing Cross Hospital London. He was awarded the Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons of England in 1985 and completed a higher degree, a Doctorate in Medicine (MD) at University of London, in 1990. During his training at U.C.L he received The Faculty of Medical Sciences Silver Medal awarded annually for the highest marks achieved across all the medical and medical science degrees. He was also awarded a Medical Research Council Training Fellowship for his thesis research.

He has a long list of scientific publications and invited guest lectures behind him and is a Past President of the British Cervical Spine Society. He is a Chairman and President-elect of the Cervical Spine Research Society. Past and present memberships include The Society of British Neurological Surgeons, The British Scoliosis Society, British Cervical Spine Society, British Association of Spinal Surgeons, British Association of Clinical Anatomists, European Skull Base Society, International Society of Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism and The Brain Research Society.

Actively involved in spinal teaching, he has supervised numerous higher degrees and is an Honorary Senior Lecturer at The University of Birmingham. Positions of responsibility held have included Royal College Regional Specialty Representative, Royal College Training Program Director, Chairman of Regional Training Program Committee, Program Committee BritSpine and Program Committee European Cervical Spine Society. He is on the editorial advisory boards of the British Journal of Neurosurgery and the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery.

He lectures nationally and internationally on a regular basis and is a world expert on disc replacement and minimally invasive therapies. He has developed and pioneered numerous spinal implants most notably that of cervical disc replacement and has been instrumental in introducing innovative and minimally invasive techniques in spinal surgery. Mr Jackowski has a wide experience in the surgical management of all conditions of the cervical thoracic and lumbar spine including disc arthroplasty as well as adult deformity. His specialist interests include spinal tumours and trauma as well as the full spectrum of degenerative spinal conditions. 

Personal Assistant

Rachel Taylor-Price born and brought up in Harborne, Birmingham naturally knows the West Midlands region extremely well. Rachel studied theology and philosophy at Birmingham University. She gained experience with the health service at the Nuffield Hospital, Edgbaston and ran their health screening department for five years. She has supported Mr Jackowski as his Personal Assistant since 2008 and has been actively involved with the Birmingham Spinal Clinic since its inception.

As well as a degree in theology and a masters in philosophy she has found the time to set up her own business delivering secretarial services. Her interests include cooking, gardening and enjoying fine food and wine.  

David Howse

Consultant Anaesthetist

David Howes has been an anaesthetist for over 20 years. He trained in medicine at Bristol University, graduating in 1977. He underwent initial post-graduate training in Paediatrics, Obstetrics, A&E and as a GP trainee. However, he found his life-long vocation in Anaesthetics subsequently training on the West Midlands anaesthetic rotation. He was appointed as a Consultant Anaesthetist in 1990 and worked initially at the General Hospital, Birmingham. He then moved to the Queen Elizabeth hospital and Royal Orthopaedic Hospital but from 1997 his NHS practice has been entirely at the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital.

His special interests are in adult and paediatric anaesthesia, predominately for Spinal Surgery. He has particular experience of fibre optic intubation in patients with difficult airways, blood conservation and postoperative pain relief.  

David Howse

Consultant Anaesthetist, Pain Management Specialist

Liam P Blaney is a Consultant Anaesthetist graduating in 1987 who specialises in Pain Management. He is fully trained and has extensive experience in helping patients in the management of all types of chronic pain. Areas of special interest include spinal pain, neuropathic pain and interventional pain management. His aim always is to improve patients' pain control so resulting in improved function, well-being and rehabilitation. This is achieved through a multi-disciplinary approach to pain combining education, medication review, physiotherapy and if indicated include interventional pain injection therapies. He is a member of the Pain Society UK & Ireland, British Medical Association and International Association for Study of Pain.  

David Howse

Consultant Radiologist, Interventional Specialist

Steven James is a specialist consultant musculoskeletal radiologist whose NHS base is the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital, Birmingham. After undertaking his radiology training in Nottingham, he completed a fellowship in musculoskeletal and spinal radiology at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital in London. He has co-authored over 50 peer reviewed scientific papers and maintains a strong research and academic interest. He lectures regularly at both a national and international level.

Dr James has developed a particular interest in the diagnosis of spinal and sports related injuries and provides imaging services for a wide variety of professional and elite sports organisations. He undertakes diagnostic musculoskeletal ultrasound, MRI and CT. In addition to his diagnostic work, he performs a number of diagnostic and therapeutic spinal percutaneous procedures.  

David Howse

The Birmingham Spinal Clinic is a multidisciplinary team led by spinal surgeon
Mr Andre Jackowski. The Spinal Clinic aims to provide the best possible evidence-based
treatments for patients with spinal problems whether by simple advice, physiotherapy
exercises, pain relief or if indicated by spinal surgery.